The Franklin Initiative
Mission: Provide real-world learning opportunities for area students to increase academic engagement and excite young people about future careers to help shape tomorrow’s workforce for employers in Monroe County.
The Franklin Initiative acts as the connection between the business community and the education community. It is the business community's investment in our K12 school systems, working with educators and students to introduce them to many different potential career options, provide them with opportunities to interact with professionals in different fields and help them understand that graduating from high school is crucial for future success. We also serve the business community by providing workforce development services for youth and meaningful volunteer opportunities for business professionals in our career learning programs while helping to shape our community’s future workforce.
The Franklin Initiative offers several hands-on Career Learning Programs throughout the school year. Over 1,600 middle school and high school students from Monroe County participate in Franklin Initiative programs annually.
These programs are possible thanks to our many wonderful sponsors and volunteers who help with each program offered by the Franklin Initiative. Several hundred local professionals, college students, and other community members volunteer for these programs each year.
A detailed list of these programs is available on our Career Learning Programs and Events page.
Information on how to volunteer for, participate in, or sponsor our programs is available on our Get Involved! page.